Sometimes I get asked what to put in a repair kit. I have messed about with my repair kit for some time now and believe this is about as good a repair kit as anyone would need it. There is probably still some more to put in but I still haven’t found a way to fit a chainsaw or a JCB inside my kayak. I would advise to modify a repair kit to individual needs.

My repair kit consists of 2 boxes, a smaller 900ml day trip repair kit and a 2.0 litre expedition repair kit. On expeditions I always stick both boxes in my day hatch.

Day Trip Repair Kit (clock-wise)

  • Strong big bin liner
  • Bunge cord
  • 2 spring toggles
  • Flash bang
  • Thin strong cord
  • Cork
  • Rubber gloves
  • Small pliers
  • Cut-out plastic from a milk container
  • Zip ties
  • Bike repair tool kit
  • Pencil with some ductape wrapped around it
  • Pocket brow torch
  • Stanley knife
  • Sail tape
  • Fire lighter
  • 2 component epoxy
  • Grub screws
  • Zinc coated wire
  • Nuts and bolts

Additional to this a full roll of ductape and denso tape (nasty brown/green tape), which you get at any DIY store.

Expedition Repair Kit (clock-wise)

  • Gloves
  • Cut out from an aluminium juice can protected with ductape
  • White spirit
  • Pencil
  • Wooden stick for mixing
  • Different lengths of zip ties
  • Sand paper
  • Rough and fine saw blades
  • Cork
  • Tube for tent poles
  • Tub from film spool
  • Black witch
  • Heavy compact pliers
  • Fibreglass
  • Mixing tub
  • Superglue
  • Hardener
  • Resin

Additional to that it might be handy to have a skeg cable.